Partnership with Parents
The first teacher in the life of a child is their parent’s. The parents know the child like no other person ever can. They understand the body language, the baby talk and the first broken attempts that their child makes at getting themselves understood. We know, therefore, that it is vital that all our staff maintain close personal links with parents. To facilitate this we:
- Maintain a home/nursery contact book for all children
- Keep regular written reports of your child’s activities and share these with you.
- Invite you to parent’s evenings.
- Lend you books to read at home with your child.
- Provide you and your child with a gentle introduction to nursery and pre-school. Suggesting that you stay with your child until they are happily settled.
- Send home children’s paintings and work
- Provide you access to your child’s Learning Journey Portfolio
- A morning snack
- A lunch box
- A water bottle
- An afternoon snack (if your child stays for the extended day)
- Spare nappies
- Change of clothes for the time of year – including vest, shirt, trousers and socks
- Sun cream/sun hats
- Any special creams that need administering
Meals and Healthy Snacks
It can be a long time between breakfast and lunch, so we offer a healthy snack mid-morning. This aids concentration and keeps hunger at bay.
Healthy snack also provides an opportunity for children to explore new tastes and textures through the wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables prepared. These could for example include; pineapple, kiwi, blueberries and peppers. Water is served, based upon individual preferences, at snack time.
Fresh drinking water is available to all the children throughout the day.
Understanding each child’s dietary requirements and allergies enables us to monitor what they eat whether at snack time or lunch time, this allows us to maintain a safe environment. We have a strict no nut policy and would ask you to consider this when compiling your child’s lunch.
We are keen that children feel safe and happy in the absence of their parents / carers and to develop positive relationships with their key person and other adults in their room. Therefore, the stage of “settling – in” is critical.
Each child will be offered two settling-in sessions free of charge. You should be prepared to stay for the duration of these sessions. It is important to note that every child is different in the how they settle in and this will be discussed with you personally.
We have a structured format that we would like to talk you through on this first settling-in session. This includes asking you to read through our Polices & Procedures.
Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They develop at their own rate and in their own ways. By working together with parents we aim to support the child’s learning and development as they make their journey through their early years.
A Key Person ensures that your child’s experience is shaped to meet their individual needs.
Having observed your child’s individual interest and stage of development, we plan activities which can be a mix of child –initiated or adult led. These are designed with the purpose to inspire exploration, help support the forming of relationships and develop positive self-esteem.